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FSX P-51D "Happy Jack's Go Buggy" (N74190). This is a repaint for the Warbirdsim P-51D "Mustang Tales" and replacement textures for both the "Restored Part 1" and "Happy Jack's Go Buggy: Then and Now" payware addons. This repaint depicts the restored P-51D-30-NA 44-74452, registered as N74190, owned by Bruce Winter of San Antonio, TX. Built too late to see action in WWII, the aircraft served in Canada in the 1950's as RCAF 9225, and then served in the Guatemalan Air Force as FAG 366 from 1962-1972. In 1976, the aircraft became one of several ex-Guatemalan AF Mustangs acquired by Connie Edwards from Don Hull and placed into storage. The aircraft was acquired by Bruce Winter in 2002 and sent to Midwest Aero Restorations for ground-up restoration to complete WWII stock configuration. Completed in 2008, this benchmark-setting restoration won WWII Grand Champion at Oshkosh and the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trophy. The aircraft is finished in the authentic markings of Capt. Jack Ilfrey's P-51D "Happy Jack's Go Buggy", assigned to the 79th FS, 20th FG, 8th AF. Unlike the previous Mustangs restored by Midwest Aero, this one was completed with an unpolished finish, with the metal purposely scuffed to a dull finish to provide a wartime appearance. This is part 4 of an 8 part series of Midwest Aero Mustangs. By John Terrell.